Take a hike on new Brisbane track

Mt Coot-tha gets an added attraction for walkers.

A popular Brisbane destination for walkers and mountain bike riders has a new addition.

Mt Coot-tha now boasts 71 trails with the addition of the Spotted Gum Trail which has opened in time for the first stage of COVID-19 restrictions easing in Queensland.

A Brisbane City Council spokesperson said the 2.4km trail, which is open to walkers only, starts at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

“The trail allows you to traverse all the way to the Mt Coot-tha summit, opening up previously inaccessible areas of Mt-Coot-tha Forest,” the spokesperson said.

“If you have been treading the same few walking paths during lockdown then this new 2.4km track will be a welcome relief.”

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The Spotted Gum Trail is rated “moderate” difficulty and features more than 250 concrete steps to keep the heart rate up and an 8m bridge, one of four walkers will cross.

Mt Coot-tha

“It includes stunning views from the top and the option for a picnic in the beautiful Botanic Gardens at the bottom, so if you’re in need of a new walking route to stay active during lockdown, this is it,” the spokesperson said.  

“The trail is 2.4km and should take approximately 30-40 minutes to walk from one end to the other or 1-1.5 hours up and back.

“If you’re fit and healthy it will probably take closer to 30 minutes for one way, but if you’re stopping for photos it will obviously take a bit longer.”
The Spotted Gum Trail adds to a wide variety tracks at Mt Coot-tha which cater for cyclists, casual and more-serious walkers, and families.

Popular Mt Coot-tha walking trails

Summit Track – 1.9km (30 minutes) 

This track leads from JC Slaughter Falls picnic area to Mt Coot-tha Lookout (near the roundabout). 

Mahogany Trail – 2.6km (1 hour 15 minutes) 

This trail starts at JC Slaughter Falls picnic area winding its way through beautiful open eucalyptus forest, providing city glimpses on the way to the popular Mt Coot-tha Lookout. It forms a 4.5 km circuit walk when combined with the summit walking track and also allows access onto the Citriodora Trail that connects through to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (gardens access 8am to 4pm). 

Ghost Hole Track – 650m (15 minutes) 

Traces of the old workings can be seen along the Ghost Hole Track at the Gold Mine picnic area. Interpretive signage along the track explains the “hard yakka” endured by miners in days gone by. 

Simpson Falls Track – 650m to Simpson Falls (40 minutes) 

This track begins at Simpson Falls picnic area. It is excellent for wildflower viewing in late winter and spring when the golden wattles and purple hoveas of the open forest understorey burst into bloom. Walkers may catch a glimpse of the city from the Simpson Falls viewing deck. 

Eugenia Circuit – 2.8km (1.5 hours) 

This circuit links with surrounding walking tracks allowing visitors to create a longer walking experience. The circuit winds through eucalypt woodland and vine forest, across the creek and links to the Simpson Falls viewing deck. 

Honeyeater Track – 2.2km 

This track begins 375m from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, off Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and provides access to the Chapel Hill area and The Hut Environment Centre. 

Popular Mt Coot-tha mountain biking trails 

All mountain bike trails are two-way unless signed otherwise.

Rocket Frog Trail – 2.2km 

This contour trail is popular with the beginner or novice mountain bike rider. It requires basic bike handling skills and will provide a challenge to those new to riding in natural areas. 

Gap Creek Circuit – 1.4km 

This short circuit ride links with multi-use trails. Popular as a warm-up ride. 

Cubberla Creek Trail – 750m 

This trail follows the creek and contains some constructed rock features providing challenges for more experienced riders. Can be linked with the Echidna Trail to extend your ride. 

Pipeline Trail – 1km 

The most difficult trail in the park. Should only be ridden by riders experienced in difficult technical trail features such as a 180-degree wooden wall-ride berm, log rollovers and large drop offs. Inspect all challenges before attempting them and don’t overestimate your skill level. 

Whipbird Way – 1.5km 

Whipbird Way links with other moderate trails including Cubberla Creek Trail, Bandicoot Byway and Wallaby Way to provide different trail experiences. Take care when entering multi-use trails. 

Source: Brisbane City Council